Christopher Manfredi

Message from Dean Manfredi

Campaign McGill has been a tremendous success and it gives me great pleasure to reflect on the great strides we have made in the Faculty of Arts. As Dean, I am inspired every day by the achievements of our students, professors and graduates, and the exciting activities that make my job both challenging and rewarding. Because of our students, past, present and future, I am reminded every day: it starts with Arts.

In the most recent QS World University Rankings, not only did McGill place 18th in the world, it was also named one of the best performing universities for the subject of Arts and Humanities, namely in the areas of modern languages, geography, linguistics, English language and literature. This is undoubtedly a testament to the talent, dedication and hard work of our faculty, staff and students, and I am deeply humbled by our impressive achievements. I am also committed to ensuring that we remain on the cutting edge of intellectual endeavor and already we are seeing results.

For instance, with every Campaign gift to the Arts Internship Program, this exciting initiative continues to grow in size and popularity. In 2012 alone, the program helped almost 300 students get experience in their respective fields by enabling them to intern with organizations in 47 countries on four continents. Also, the Arts Student Assistants Program (ASAP), funded largely through donations, is the Faculty’s response to the increased demand for student advising. The program provides training to senior undergraduate students who then serve as peer advisors for classmates in need of assistance. Further, Campaign gifts have had a profound impact on the written word by creating the Peter Cundill Prize in History, presented annually to an author who has published an important book on the subject of history, and the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence Program, which is nurturing new talent by providing valuable insight into the creative process.

Support to Campaign McGill has allowed the Faculty to achieve some very ambitious goals, but we still have a long way to go and your support is more critical than ever. McGill’s ability to thrive depends on the collective impact of all donations, and your support is paramount to our success. On behalf of all of us in the Faculty of Arts, thank you for supporting our community.

Christopher P. Manfredi
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dean, Faculty of Arts